SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A neighborhood watch captain is accused of fatally shooting a teenager walking home from the store.
Trayvon Martin, 17, was reportedly shot and killed by George Zimmerman, according to Sanford police.
At present, Zimmerman has not been arrested.
Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, says his son was walking home from the store on Feb. 26 after buying a bag of Skittles for a younger relative.
It was then that Zimmerman reportedly called local authorities to report Trayvon as a suspicious person. The reason why is unknown.
“We can’t get into the mind of George Zimmerman, but he was stereotyped for some reason,” Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Martin family, told WKMG-TV.
The family is especially frustrated by the lack of action taken against Zimmerman.
“To have his life taken away from him by this guy and nothing is being done about it, we just don’t understand,” Martin told the station.
Trayvon sustained wounds to the chest that ultimately led to his death. Zimmerman reportedly said he fired in self-defense.
Many, however, want to know why he was carrying the gun at all, even if he has a legal permit to do so.
“Why do neighborhood watch captains or patrols have guns?” Natalie Jackson, another Martin family attorney, told the station. “They’re not the police.”
Police told WKMG-TV that they could not release any information, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. They did say, though, that they don’t believe it was a racially-charged crime.